The Yin & Yang of Star Wars: Why Rey Can Never Defeat the Dark Side

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January 24, 2016 – Some viewers of Star Wars have a widespread misconception: that the Light Side (nominally represented by the Jedi, but not always) must forever attempt to defeat the Dark Side. That by defeating the Sith, the Jedi will somehow restore peace and order in the galaxy and, thereby, restore balance to the Force.

And yet isn’t this goal (galactic peace and order) the exact same goal which the Sith have, albeit with the Jedi obliterated and the Dark Side triumphant?

In their attempt to seek balance in the Force, even the Jedi sometimes misunderstand what “balance” means. Clearly, balance appears to be the goal of the Jedi, as these quotes reveal:

“You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it’s this…boy?”

    – Mace Windu queries Qui-Gon Jinn (Ep. I, The Phantom Menace)

Obi-Wan Kenobi: “With all due respect, Master, is he not the Chosen One? Is he not to destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force?
Mace Windu: “So the prophecy says.”

    -(Ep. III, Revenge of the Sith)

“You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness.”

    – Obi-Wan confronts Anakin (Ep. III, Revenge of the Sith)

To the Jedi, their understanding of “balance” appears to mean total annihilation of their opponents. And that is why they fail.

The following video (8 mins. 52 secs) from ScreenRant shares its theory as to why the Light Side and the Dark must co-exist. If this co-existence theory sounds similar to the eastern philosophy of yin and yang, that should come as no surprise: George Lucas was heavily influenced by classic mythology and his studies of eastern religious philosophies during the 1960’s.

The video posits (at cue 6:00) that The Force Awakens fits into the grand yin-and-yang theory of balance as part of a continuing see-saw struggle to ensure that neither side maintains the upper hand:

The essence of the video’s theory is captured in this final quote (cue to 7:02):

“Whether Rey is or isn’t related to the Skywalker clan, she’s walking the path that Anakin and Luke did before her. If the ways of the Force keep up, Rey should forget about defeating the Dark Side once and for all and stick to the task at hand.

After all, the next Age of Peace or Age of Conflict will be on its way not long after. And odds are, a Skywalker will be at the center of it – not on the side of Good or Evil, just Light or Dark, exactly as the Force wills it.

This theory makes total sense when you look at the full Star Wars saga. The Force, just like the Yin and the Yang, is basically a perfect balance of Good and Evil, Shadow and Light, the Dark Side and the Light Side. One side needs the other side to exist….”

Further Reading on Balance in the Force:

“George Lucas Nearly Wrote a Perfect Prequel Trilogy. He Just Didn’t Notice” at gamesradar.com

“Bringing Balance to the Force. Why?” on reddit.com

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